9. Heart-Shaped Basket
This ingenious craft only requires cardboard, toothpicks, felt, and yarn! You can also embellish it with pretty ribbon or charms. I went on a long hunt for the source and original instructions for this project, so if you happen to know, please email me so I can give credit.
The picture itself is pretty explanatory, but here are the simple instructions:
- First you will need to determine what size you want your heart to be, and then cut it out using thick cardboard (you can print off a perfectly shaped heart online to use as your template). While you’re doing this, cut a piece of felt in the shape of your cardboard cut-out that is about a 1/4 inch smaller.
- Personally, I would lay the felt down first, before attaching the toothpicks (not shown this way in the photo). This will eventually be the bottom of the inside of your basket, and I think you will get a cleaner look this way. Choose a felt color that coordinates with your yarn, and use a thin layer of glue to attach it to the cardboard.
- Next attach toothpicks along the outer edge by inserting them into the cardboard, and then securing them with hot glue about every 1/2 inch.
- Determine your starting point, and then tie a ball of yarn to one of the toothpicks– now get to weaving! Weave the yarn in and out of the toothpicks, pushing it down every once in a while so that you have a thick, secure wall of yarn.
- Once you come to the end, cut the yarn and secure it with a dab of hot glue.
- Use ribbon or other embellishments to trim the edges. The basket shown in the picture had pearl beads placed on the toothpicks half way through weaving, which I think looks really nice!
- P.S. You can do this in any shape!
10. Repurposed Crib
This repurposed crib is just the right size and height for kids to craft and play! Every kid should have a little arts and craft area like this. That’s a nice touch with the chalkboard paint, too. Kudos. You can see more details and instructions for this project over at A Little Learning For Two.
11. Easy Marker Caddy
Why is it always so hard to find a pen, pencil or marker when you need one? Even when I’ve just purchased a 24 pack of them? Oh, I have kids. That’s why! Which is why I love this inexpensive and easy way to store art and office supplies using toilet paper rolls and a shoe box. That’s it! Start stock piling those rolls, and get crafty with this simple project by Aunt Peaches.
12. Cherry Blossom Art
yet another clever stamp idea using the bottom of a recycled 2-liter soda bottle! This would be really cute for a little girl’s room or nursery. I would test it out on scratch paper first, and then make a piece of art work out of it on a white canvas. Check out the details and full instructions over at Alpha Mom.
13. Mosaic Ornaments from CDs
If you happen to have any broken, scratched or useless CDs, you are in luck. Break them apart to create a mosaic effect for just about any art project. I especially love this idea on Christmas ornaments! Whether you make them to give away as gifts or to hang on your own tree, these creative ornaments are sure to sparkle! Check out the full instructions over at Creme de la Craft.
14. DIY Outdoor Candle Lantern
You would never guess that this little candle lantern was made out of a tuna can! You could make a few variations using a hurricane, stemless wine glass, or small vase– or whatever you can find for a reasonable price at thrift stores. Check out the full instructions for this clever project over at In My Own Style.